Dr. Mark Vonnegut grew up on the Cape in the 50’s and 60’s. He did a variety of things, including writing and starting a commune in British Columbia, before going on to Harvard Medical School where he graduated in 1979. He completed his Pediatric Internship and Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has practiced pediatrics for over thirty-five years but doesn’t feel that old. Dr. Vonnegut has a teenage son at home to show him how little he knows. “Practicing pediatrics has been a joy and a privilege.”
Dr. Vonnegut published an article in The New England Journal of Medicine, “Is Quality Improvement Improving Quality? A View from the Doctor’s Office,” and has published several short pieces on pediatrics and other topics in The Boston Globe and The Patriot Ledger.
Dr. Vonnegut wrote The Eden Express, which was first published in 1975 and is still in print. His book, Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So, was published in 2010.
He’s passionate about developmental and behavioral health as an integral part of Primary Care Pediatrics.
Dr. Natalya Davis has been a fundamental part of our MVPediatrics team since joining us in 2012. She is board certified in pediatrics and has had experience and expertise in pediatric emergency medicine. She practiced primary care pediatrics for several years in upstate New York. Her patients and family benefit from her calm and confident work style. Dr. Davis lives on the South Shore with her husband, Dr. Trevor Davis, and their three young children. Outside of work she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and hiking.
Barbara Healey received her BSN at Boston College. After eight years at Massachusetts General Hospital, which included working in general pediatrics, neonatal, and pediatric intensive care, she attended Northeastern University and received her Master’s Degree in Nursing. Barbara worked at Harvard Pilgrim for fourteen years in the pediatric urgent care department. While Barbara was at MGH, Dr. Vonnegut was the senior resident of the pediatric service. They shared a formative professional experience and similar approach to care. In June of 2006 Barbara came to MVPediatrics.
“I love our personalized practice with its emphasis on individualized care. My goal is to empower parents with the knowledge they need to support their child’s health and development and have some fun along the way.”
Barbara has taught pediatric nursing clinical classes at Boston College, Quincy College, and Laboure College.
Dr. Collen Kelly attended The University of Vermont College of Medicine where she also completed her residency. During residency, Dr. Kelly was a Resident Coordinator for Spectrum Youth and Family Services Health Clinic where she provided free medical care to homeless and underprivileged children and adolescents. Following her residency, Dr. Kelly worked as a primary care pediatrician in Middlebury, VT. Dr. Kelly and her husband, Dr. Stuart Braun, relocated to the South Shore in the fall of 2004. In 2006, after spending two years at home with her children, Sam and Grace, Dr. Kelly decided it was time to return to the job she loves – primary care pediatrics. “Taking care of my own children has made me a better pediatrician,” says Dr. Kelly. When not juggling their work schedules, she and her family love to be outside biking, hiking, kayaking, and skiing.
Dr. Whitney Kirchoff was born in Juneau, Alaska. She studied biomedical engineering at Duke University and then attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Kirchoff completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She practiced pediatrics in southern Oregon and recently moved to Massachusetts to be closer to family. Dr. Kirchoff joined us at MVPediatrics in April, 2018. Her areas of clinical expertise include attention deficit disorder, discipline, and managing screen time. As the oldest of four kids, Dr. Kirchoff has always had an interest in children and says she feels so blessed to be a pediatrician. She enjoys traveling, snowboarding, hiking, reading and playing board games with her family.
Dr. Hub Mathewson, an old friend of Dr. Vonnegut’s from Cape Cod, joined our practice in the spring of 2006. Dr. Mathewson practiced for thirty years with Massachusetts General Hospital and the Hyannis Pediatric Group and was the Medical Director of Cape Cod Hospital for sixteen years. He has a big boat and takes the staff cruising and swimming every year. He was one of Dr. Vonnegut’s teachers and is an invaluable resource and calming presence.
Annette Radzevich graduated from Northeastern University and is certified by The American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has worked as a nurse practitioner, nurse manager, and student preceptor for over 20 years. Annette is a native of Boston and resident of the South Shore for many years. She has four grown children and six grandchildren, all living on the South Shore. In her free time, Annette enjoys music, gardening, and yoga.
Shannon Torres graduated from Stonehill College and completed her BSN and MSN at Regis College. Before joining MVPediatrics in 2012, Shannon worked in the pediatric unit of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. She continues her work there as a Nurse Practitioner. She has also been a camp nurse at Franklin Country Day Camp, where she treated everything from bumps and bruises to more serious injuries and illnesses. Shannon likes to see new places and travel in her free time.
Courtney Barton joined the MVPediatrics team in January, 2019. Courtney comes to us with experience as a school nurse in an elementary school program and direct patient care for patients with special needs. Courtney continues to further her education in nursing with a focus on holistic health. She is passionate about improving the quality of life for patients, and loves to assist our families in learning more about caring for their child(ren). Courtney enjoys spending time with her daughter, including doing yoga together. Though she no longer plays goalie in ice hockey, she is an avid Bruins fan!
Kristen came to MVPediatrics with over 10 years of experience working in maternity, pediatrics, and the NICU at South Shore Hospital. She has also worked as a clinician in the Boston Public School System and a psychiatric day program for adolescents. Her areas of expertise include adolescent health, depression, anxiety, and school/family adjustment issues. Kristen earned her BA in Psychology and her MSW from Boston College. She is married with two teenagers and enjoys yoga, running, and reading.
Tuesdays, 10 AM – 7 PM
Prior to joining MVPediatrics in 2017, Ashley worked as a home care nurse and in an adolescent detox center. She first started her career as an LPN and continued her education receiving an Associate RN Degree from Massasoit Community College and her Bachelor’s Degree at Fisher College. She loves spending time with her family, reading, and listening to music. Ashley is a “die-hard” Patriots fan and enjoys going to the games every season. “Do your job.” – Bill Belichick
Chrystyna currently is a Medical Receptionist who has been with MVPediatrics since October 2018. She worked as a Medical Records Processor for Everett Hospital for two years. Chrystyna enjoys enriching patient’s lives by making every patient feel like the most important person at that time. In her spare time Chrystyna enjoys spending time with her family, especially her children.
Amanda joined MVPediatrics in 2017 as our Referral Coordinator, receptionist, and medical scribe. Her experience with medical administrative work helps to keep our front desk running smoothly. Amanda has a background in theater and cosmetology, and is the proud mom of a bearded dragon, named Falcor.
Marissa is our Medical Billing Specialist. She handles all billing needs for MVPediatrics. She joined our office in 2007 as a receptionist and has been an integral part of our MVP family ever since. Marissa is a Certified Professional Coder, as well as a Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist. She teaches the Kids’ Yoga classes here at the office and is certified in Yoga for Children. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband and three young children. Her personal interests include yoga, nature, crafting, and delicious food!
Emanuella joined us in 2016 as our Medical Records Coordinator and Receptionist. When a Medical Assistant position became available in 2018, Emanuella took her prior experience as a Medical Assistant and switched her career path here at MVPediatrics. Her calm, welcoming presence and experience with client services has become an essential part of our team. Additionally, Emanuella is fluent in Haitian Creole and has visited Haiti many times. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family, viewing art exhibits, and traveling.
Joan has been with us forever. She received her BSN from Boston College and worked at St. Margaret’s Hospital for much of her nursing career. Joan enjoyed teaching childbirth classes in several Boston area health facilities for many years, as well. She is our Medical Home Care Coordinator and provides services as a Reiki practitioner. Her two daughters have also worked with us, as well as being Oliver’s (Dr. Vonnegut’s son) babysitter.
Joan and her husband have three children and five grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing Tai Chi, gardening, sewing, reading, and spending time with her family.
Meghan is a board-certified Acupuncturist and a registered Diplomate with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Massachusetts by the Board of Registration in Medicine. She graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in 2014 where she received her Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. As NESA is the oldest accredited institution for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the United States, it provided Meghan with an excellent foundation for her studies in Chinese Medical Theory, Practical Acupuncture Techniques, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Japanese Style Acupuncture.
During her extensive education, Meghan completed internships at an Orthopedic Specialty Clinic, Pathways for Wellness Clinic in Boston, Herbal Clinics, and a Japanese Style Acupuncture Clinic at NESA. She is a past Board Member of the Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts. Meghan is also a Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui tradition and a strong advocate for integrative medicine. Meghan’s specialties include Women’s Health, Fertility, Mental/Emotional Health, Chronic Pain, Autoimmune Diseases, Managing Cancer Side Effects and the Treatment of Children.
Meghan is passionate about helping people. She believes in an integrative, holistic model and uses treatments to achieve maximum health and bring the mind, body, and spirit back into balance. When she is not at work, she enjoys baking bread, visiting with friends, and spending time with her cats.
Dr. Mingolelli is a Nurse Practitioner certified to provide psychiatric services to children, adolescents, and adults. She received her MSN and NP certification in Adult Primary Care Medicine from Simmons College and NP certification in Family Psychiatric Medicine from Northeastern University where she also received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Dr. Mingolelli has worked in the mental health field for many years, providing both therapy and medication management for a variety of psychiatric illnesses. She has been involved as a co-investigator with the development of new psychiatric medications. Prior to her psychiatric NP work, she provided both primary care and occupational medical care to adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She worked as a certified school nurse for many years, where she gained extensive experience in student health, learning disability, and special education needs.
Every other Wednesday, 10 AM – 5 PM
Jennifer joined our Medical Assistant team here at MVPediatrics in 2016 with experience as a Home Health Aid Supervisor and as a Certified Medical Interpreter. Our patients and staff know that her optimism and smile are contagious! Our practice strives to see patients promptly, and Jennifer makes this possible. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her daughters and family. “I enjoy working in pediatrics. Having a child laugh has to be the most rewarding thing I have experienced. Watching them grow and building a connection with them makes my job as a medical assistant my passion.”
Daphnee joined the MVPediatrics team in October 2018. Before joining MVPediatrics, Daphnee worked as a Patient Care Assistant at Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Pediatrics. Daphnee is attending college to become a nurse and has been described as hard-working and amazing with kids. When she is not working, Daphnee enjoys traveling, painting and trying out new places to eat.
Mira fell in love with acupuncture and herbal medicine during her time in Berkeley studying at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2010 and has since been working in both private and community acupuncture settings. She had also studied massage therapy and Mayan abdominal massage. Mira believes any health condition can be improved using natural modalities, diet and lifestyle changes. Her interests primarily include women’s health, digestive disorders, mental health and autoimmune conditions.
Outside of practicing acupuncture, Mira also works in the environmental field and does disaster assistance work. She spends a lot of time outdoors, enjoys traveling, yoga, trying new recipes and reading research articles on health conditions and acupuncture studies.
Stacey is our Practice Manager who does anything and everything to keep the practice running smoothly. She joined MVPediatrics in 2016. Stacey has an extensive background in management and human resources. She worked at South Shore Mental Health, and was a Human Resources Analyst at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Stacey has been a certified Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula since 2004 and a CPR Instructor since 2017.
Stacey lives on the South Shore with her three sons, and female rescue dog. She loves knitting, reading, and spending time with her family. Stacey is thrilled to be a part of the MVP team, helping to support families as they navigate their path to being parents.
Jessica is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and also a Nationally Certified Counselor. She comes to MVPediatrics with experience working with women, children and families in outpatient counseling, crisis intervention, and therapeutic foster care. She continues to see children and families at the Integrated Center for Child Development in Newton, Massachusetts and focuses on children coping with traumatic experiences, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety and behavioral challenges. Jessica enjoys working with parents of young children needing extra parental support. She is trained in EMDR and uses play therapy, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy in her practice. Jessica earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health from Lesley University in 2010. She is also a former military spouse and wife of a veteran who served 10 years with special operations in North Carolina. When she is not here at MVPediatrics she is home with her four young children. She enjoys yoga and being outside playing with her family.
Mondays, 9 AM – 5PM; Wednesdays 11 AM – 7PM; Thursdays 8AM-3PM
Every other Saturday 8 AM – 12 PM
Yasmari started with MVPediatrics in 2012 after working at Brigham and Women’s, Beth Israel, Tufts, and Harvard Vanguard. She started her career with Job Corps where she became a Certified Nurse Assistant and a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. She puts our patients at ease and makes them feel welcome. It’s part of her mission and ours to have patients wait for as little time as possible. She has an eye for design and makes sure our office has informative and inspiring wall-décor. Outside of work she enjoys time with her family, entertaining friends, and traveling internationally.
Caitlin received her Master’s in Social Work from Boston College with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families. She comes to MVPediatrics with experience in working at an adolescent Psychiatric Partial Program and Acute Residential Treatment Program, where she conducts individual, family, and group therapy. Caitlin has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and has experience leading and co-leading DBT groups with adolescents, adults, and families. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and families, and her calm style helps individuals feel validated and supported in learning skills to make positive changes in their lives. Caitlin enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and is an avid Boston sports fan!
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 PM – 7 PM
Saturdays, 8 AM – 12 PM
Alexa is a nationally certified counselor and mental health therapist who began as an undergraduate studying psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After spending time working as an applied behavioral analysis counselor at a private school for children with severe autism diagnoses, Alexa moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue higher education. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Denver and began practicing in Colorado, ultimately earning her professional license. Alexa has experience utilizing various therapeutic approaches and tailors treatment specifically to each client. Working with adults and children who have intellectual, learning and cognitive differences, trauma, and anxiety are a few, among many areas, she has experience with. Alexa has recently returned to her roots in Massachusetts. She and her husband are enthusiastic baseball fans and are excited to be back to watch games at Fenway Park once again. Alexa is conversant in Greek.
Monday and Tuesday, 10:30 AM – 7 PM; Friday, 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Dilema has been a medical assistant at MVPediatrics since 2014, and since then she has become quite famous for her ability to make a kid’s trip to the doctor’s office enjoyable – from making glove-balloons to her ability to administer shots with ease. Our practice strives to have patients seen as quickly as possible with little to no wait; Dilema keeps us moving and ensures we meet this goal every day. Prior to MVPediatrics, Dilema worked at the Judge Rotenberg Center and Carney Hospital, where she provided a wide range of services within the medical field. Dilema is currently studying at Roxbury Community College to pursue a career as a registered nurse. She is also a Level II Reiki practitioner and is now available for sessions here at our office. Dilema always keeps us laughing and enjoying our time here at MVPediatrics. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and friends.